When researching the posts of a man claiming to be from our future, I slowly was able to create a picture in my mind of what kind of world this time traveler came from.
Ultimately the time traveler, known only as “John Titor,” described a world that was fundamentally different in every practical sense than the one we live in now. And in case you were wondering, getting there won’t be easy.
“Rebirth is often painful…”
-John Titor, 2000 AD
Though John described a difficult and painful “rebirth,” I found that John’s posts were, in the ultimate sense, posts providing hope for those of us experiencing those changes here and “now.”
Personally, when the news gets to be a little too much, when the government has instituted yet another curtailment of freedom, when liberty takes a stumble, I remember the message John sent to us in 2000: Liberty and Freedom endure. Life will get better. But, in order to get there, the U.S. must be, in Titor’s words, reborn.
In the book, Conviction of a Time Traveler, after careful analysis of his posts I was able to recreate John’s world in some respects. Yes, it is true that John left out a lot of details regarding his home. Nonetheless, Conviction of a Time Traveler succeeded in providing an accurate description of John’s home.
While I do not endorse any specific candidate (what’s the point, really? The election has already happened…) Ron Paul’s 10 Principles of a Free Society bear an uncanny resemblance to the United States that John Titor described.
- Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and can neither be granted nor taken away by government.
- All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the social and economic order.
- Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments.
- Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group.
- Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves.
- Government may not claim the monopoly over a people’s money and governments must never engage in official counterfeiting, even in the name of macroeconomic stability.
- Aggressive wars, even when called preventative, and even when they pertain only to trade relations, are forbidden.
- Jury nullification, that is, the right of jurors to judge the law as well as the facts, is a right of the people and the courtroom norm.
- All forms of involuntary servitude are prohibited, not only slavery but also conscription, forced association, and forced welfare distribution.
- Government must obey the law that it expects other people to obey and thereby must never use force to mold behavior, manipulate social outcomes, manage the economy, or tell other countries how to behave.